I have once again had my disk brake stolen on my bike in my apartment building. Being a high rise they forbid us taking bikes up in the elevator (and I don't really have the space to store it anyway). But they don't put any camera in the locked bike room.
So, people from the building can just go in at night and take out the brakes. The first time (different building), it was the whole wheel and the brake. This time, they left the wheel alone, but took out the brake handle, cable and the clamp. It's incredibly annoying to replace a $150 part every time some loser decides to steal in his own building.
What are some possible strategies to deter that? Locking the wheel would be an option, using an extra lock. But I don't think it would stop someone from just removing the brake components.
I have had a suggestion for non-standard fixation bolts. Also, Deterrents against partial (component) theftDeterrents against partial (component) theft they suggest gluing the parts together. Or soldering in the head of the bolts.
It's a nice, but old-ish bike that I don't intend to sell - I don't mind scuffing it up a bit to secure the brakes.
Any suggestions? Keeping in mind that it should stop someone from easily ripping off the brakes in a 15-30 minute time frame, using regular tools. i.e. just get the loser to steal from another unsecured bike.
Another would be to install a spy camera and catch the person in the act. That might work, but they could also steal the camera if they see it. And it's a 400-500 person building, no guarantee they are easily recognizable.
Or a sound alarm. But the bike can easily be jostled by someone just trying to get at his own bike in the next rack over.
In any case, the solution only really needs to work in my building, so it can be fairly heavy, as long as I can just leave it on my assigned bike rack.